Bibliography: Wrede, Patricia C. Dealing with Dragons. Magic Carpet Books/Harcourt, 2002. 212 pages. Tr. $11.61, ISBN 978-1-40463-512-8
Plot: Cimorene is the youngest princess of the Kingdom of Linderwall. She is tall, dark-haired and intelligent, unlike her sisters who are all petite, blond-haired, blue-eyed, and love having various suitors. Cimorene cannot stand all of the princess classes she must take on proper etiquette, they bore her to no end. So, she talks to castle staff into teaching her things such as magic, cooking, fencing, and Latin. When she turns sixteen he parents decide to marry her off to a neighboring kingdom, so she decides to run away. She ends up in the Mountain of Morning and meets a group of dragons. She talks them into letting her be a ‘captive’ princess for the dragon Kazul and is set to work cooking and cleaning the library.
Review: Nobody wants to have to study proper etiquette, not even princess Cimorene. She would rather be cooking, fencing or learning magic and Latin, so when her parents decide to arrange her marriage she runs away and volunteers to be a dragons princess. The dragon Kazul accepts her and puts her to cooking and organizing the library. This book is fantastic and humorous at times. Cimorene is not your average princess, but closer to your average teenager. Easily bored she seeks adventure in dangerous places, but learns a whole lot more than when she was at the castle and ends up making new friends as well. This book will enchant you from page one and you won’t be able to help but explore the mountains and forests with Cimorene.
Reading Level/Interest Level: 5.5/5-8 graders
Similar Materials: Dragonriders of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey,
Reader’s Advisory: This is the first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the next three books include: Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons. I love dragons and this story was great. The characters are not what you are expecting of typical princesses, princes and dragons. Enchanting goes a long way in describing this story. Don’t miss out on the adventure.